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Lumpy skin disease detected in Omaheke

Lumpy skin disease detected in Omaheke

Zorena Jantze

 

Namibia has recorded an outbreak of the Lumpy Skin Disease in the Eiseb Block of the Omaheke Region in eastern Namibia.

 

This new outbreak was reported while the country is also fighting the highly contagious Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in various northern regions above the veterinary cordon fence.

 

Dr. Albertina Shilongo, Chief Veterinary Officer stated that the outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease was first detected at Otjiuaperhuri village on 12 February 2021. So far a total of 31 cattle from 10 different homesteads have been affected.

 

Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease among cattle that is spread by biting insects, characterized by nodules on the skin and other parts of the body. The disease is notifiable by law because it can have severe economic consequences for the country as well farmers.

 

Zorena Jantze

 

Namibia has recorded an outbreak of the Lumpy Skin Disease in the Eiseb Block of the Omaheke Region in eastern Namibia.

 

This new outbreak was reported while the country is also fighting the highly contagious Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in various northern regions above the veterinary cordon fence.

 

Dr. Albertina Shilongo, Chief Veterinary Officer stated that the outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease was first detected at Otjiuaperhuri village on 12 February 2021. So far a total of 31 cattle from 10 different homesteads have been affected.

 

Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease among cattle that is spread by biting insects, characterized by nodules on the skin and other parts of the body. The disease is notifiable by law because it can have severe economic consequences for the country as well farmers.

 

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In line with the provisions of the Animal Health Act 1 of 2011, measures to curb the spread of the disease have been established.

 

This includes the suspension of cattle movement and cattle gatherings in the Eiseb Block till further notice. Farmers in the Eiseb Block have also been urged to vaccinate all cattle above the age of six months against the disease.

 

Furthermore, farmers should report all suspected cases to the local veterinary office.

 

For cattle showing clinical signs, farmers are advised to administer Sulphonamides and Antibiotics to control secondary bacterial infection and provide good nursing care.

 

However, the directorate will allow controlled cattle movement from and into Eiseb Block provided proof of vaccination is presented at Epukiro state veterinarian before such a movement is authorized, 21 days post-vaccination.

 

Namibia’s prized free-range, hormone-free beef has seen it penetrate the lucrative Chinese, European Union, and American markets but there are strong fears that any further spread of the FMD outbreak and other animal diseases will result in a cattle export ban which could be devastating for the country’s economy.

 

As it stands the economy is expected to contract by a record 7.3% percent in 2021.

 

 

In line with the provisions of the Animal Health Act 1 of 2011, measures to curb the spread of the disease have been established.

 

This includes the suspension of cattle movement and cattle gatherings in the Eiseb Block till further notice. Farmers in the Eiseb Block have also been urged to vaccinate all cattle above the age of six months against the disease.

 

Furthermore, farmers should report all suspected cases to the local veterinary office.

 

For cattle showing clinical signs, farmers are advised to administer Sulphonamides and Antibiotics to control secondary bacterial infection and provide good nursing care.

 

However, the directorate will allow controlled cattle movement from and into Eiseb Block provided proof of vaccination is presented at Epukiro state veterinarian before such a movement is authorized, 21 days post-vaccination.

 

Namibia’s prized free-range, hormone-free beef has seen it penetrate the lucrative Chinese, European Union, and American markets but there are strong fears that any further spread of the FMD outbreak and other animal diseases will result in a cattle export ban which could be devastating for the country’s economy.

 

As it stands the economy is expected to contract by a record 7.3% percent in 2021.

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